Emma Raducanu withdraws from upcoming WTA event
Following her early exit at Indian Wells, Emma Raducanu has decided to take a little more time away from the court.
The US Open champion lost in her first match at the WTA 1000 event. She fell in the second round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich after receiving a first round bye.
Raducanu initially planned to play the Kremlin Cup in Moscow immediately after the conclusion of Indian Wells. Now, the Brit has chosen to withdraw from the WTA 500 tournament.
“I look forward to returning to the tour in the next couple of weeks,” Raducanu said according to the BBC.
“Unfortunately I’ve had to make a tournament schedule change and won’t be able to play Moscow this year. But I hope to compete there and in front of the Russian fans next year.”
Raducanu is still scheduled to play at the Transylvania Open in Romania and the Linz Open in Austria later this season. Both are WTA 250 level events and both are played on indoor hard courts.
Ahead of Indian Wells, there was speculation that the Brit would make a push to qualify for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Raducanu is currently 15th in the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals. With her early exit from Indian Wells and withdrawal from the Kremlin Cup the likelihood of her qualifying has greatly diminished.
Moreover, the tour Finals take place the same week as the Linz Open, meaning that she would need to qualify before then.
However players like Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka are looking more and more likely to forego the season-ending event. As such, the 18-year-old could still be in with a chance at qualification.
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